In the Parkhotel Horst Prix at CSI de Peelbergen Limburger Emile Tacken made sure the win stayed close to home. Out of 85 combinations the Dutchman was the only one to finish in a time under 54 seconds. Ten days ago Emile Tacken became a father for the first time and he dedicated his victory to his daughter, Amy. “I hope it’s the first win of many that I can dedicate to her”, Tacken proudly said. Mother, Manon Hees, and daughter Amy are both doing well.
In the 1.45m class, built by Henk Linders and his team, there were many options in terms of strides to take in between jumps. “I rode the first line on seven strides instead of six, and there were other two distances that I didn’t choose the shortest option, but his horse is deceptively fast. If you look back at the video of my round you still wouldn’t think I went very fast. This horse jumps very effective and doesn’t loose any time up in the air. It’s not my number one horse, but he is very useful “, Tacken said about his KWPN mount Waterstone.
World record “This is actually a well-known horse”, he adds. The Silverstone gelding was bred in England, where he jumped with several famous riders. “First with Scott Brash and then with Robert Whitaker. With Whitaker he even has a World Record to his name. In Stockholm Robert jumped him bareback over a 2.12m wall. A Youtube movie of the pair comes around on Facebook quite a lot, I actually just saw it last week. ” (See the link to the https://youtu.be/m_BpyC0FBU8 video)
Coco Bongo Boy With an extra half second on the clock stallion Coco Bongo Boy placed just after Tacken with his German rider Otmar Eckermann, father of Katrin Eckermann. The handsome Cassini Boy Junior offspring gave no direct evidence of an above average fast ride, but just like Waterstone he finished ahead of the competition. More than a second later Ann Carton Grootjans followed for Belgium with Funky Music (v. Vigo d’Arsouilles).
The other winners on the second day of the CSI at Equestrian Centre de Peelbergen in the two star classes and Youngster Tour were: Erika Lickhammer with Cyprus (v. Vigo d’Arsouilles) for Sweden in the 1.40m, just like yesterday Dennis Caubergs with Pride 16 (v. Pizarro) in the Youngster Tour and Patrick Lemmen in the 1.35m with Zorito (v. Tenerife VDL).